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25 Part-Time Businesses You Can Start Today!

Looking to earn some extra cash in your spare time? We've got 25 great ways for you to get started!

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Ever dream of running a part-time business while keeping yourday job? Want to operate a sideline business along with yourcurrent business? Or are you simply curious about entrepreneurship,and want to test the waters before you commit to the world ofcommerce? Whatever your reason, here are 25 sure-fire ways to getstarted today with your own part-time business.


Make new money from old treasures and have fun doing it! Scoutgarage sales, estate auctions and flea markets for great buys onantique furniture, toys, clothing and other treasures from thepast. Rent space at antique cooperatives, or set up booths atweekend fairs to sell your antiques.

Computer Tutor

Whether you're an expert at Windows or Linux, desktoppublishing or Web research, HTML or word processing, you can helpanyone enhance their computer skills. Start promoting yourcomputer-training services by teaching classes throughorganizations in your community which offer adult educationcourses.

Custom Jewelry and Accessories

Put your creative talents to work designing custom jewelry andaccessories. Whether you work with sterling silver or recycledmetals, clay or papier-mâché, there's a market foryour custom earrings, pins, bracelets, necklaces and belt bucklesat art shows, crafts fairs and holiday boutiques.

Espresso Cart

Brew up profits day after day! Specialty coffee drinks generategross profits of 55.1 to 61.5 percent per cup, says the SpecialtyCoffee Association of America. So brush up on your coffee drinks,buy or rent an espresso cart, and head for sporting events,concerts and farmers' markets in your community.

Garage and Attic Cleaning/Hauling Service

Nobody likes to spend a weekend cleaning out the garage, atticor garden shed--it's dirty and time-consuming, and whenit's done, there's still the task of hauling off all thatdiscarded junk. But if you don't mind putting in the physicallabor, a cleaning and hauling service can be a lot of fun. You canusually find a few treasures among the trash which most people aredelighted to give away, and you can add to your income by recyclingbottles, newspapers and metal castoffs. You'll need a pick-uptruck or other vehicle capable of carrying everything fromcast-iron sinks to old timbers.


If it's broke, you can fix it. Your phone will ring off thehook with calls from homeowners, senior citizens and others whodon't want to fix it themselves. Advertise in shopperpublications and on bulletin boards, and drop off fliers at realestate offices. Then start repairing everything from leaky faucetsto broken windows.

Home Inspection

Buyers need not beware when they hire a home inspector toconduct a complete physical checkup on their dream home. You'llinspect the house for structural problems and refer your clients tothe contractors or handymen who can make the repairs. Knowledge ofconstruction and your local building codes will get your businessoff the ground.

Medical Transcription

Work as an important member of a medical team without leavingyour homebased office. There's big demand by hospitals,doctors, dentists, chiropractors and veterinarians who need outsidehelp transcribing patient medical records. Training in medicalterminology and linguistic skills will keep your businesshealthy.

Mobile Home-Entertainment Service

When it's dirty, disconnected or in need of repair,you'll save the day for homeowners who want their stereo,compact-disc player or videocassette recorder in working order.Brush up on your electrical and wiring know-how. Door-to-doorfliers and calls to retail-store managers about your services willget your business off to a great start.

Mobile Window Tint

With some training and basic equipment, you'll be seeingplenty of green with your mobile window-tinting business. For bestresults, have a pager and van ready to help car, van and truckowners prevent heat damage to their vehicles' interiors. Otherhot markets: homes, high-rise condominiums and officebuildings.

Office and Home Organizer

Attention all neatniks: Help packrats, overworked executives,and other organizationally challenged individuals clean out messyclosets, straighten files, and throw out the excess clutter.Putting your knack for neatness to part-time business use is boundto arrange some tidy profits for you.

Personal Chef

What's for dinner, honey? Great home-cooked meals forworking parents and busy professionals who hire you as a personalchef. There's plenty of demand for this specialized service. Soplan your menu, make out your shopping list, and go to work tosatisfy your hungry clientele.

Personal Trainer

Pumping iron; pumping profits. Americans of all ages, sizes andshapes want to keep fit, trim and healthy, and they're willingto hire their own personal coach to exercise correctly. Spread theword about your physical-fitness expertise at health spas, running,swimming and biking clubs, and other athletic outlets.

Picture Framer

Get in the frame with a picture framing service. You can workwith gallery owners, artists, portrait photographers andindividuals who've purchased a print, painting or fine photo.If you aren't already a framing expert, read up, take classesat a local college or community center, then assemble yourtools--including clamps, saws, miter boxes, glue, and a pneumaticor hand stapler. Establish relationships with local artists'groups, galleries, photographers and print shops that can give youtheir business or refer their customers to you.

Plant Leasing And Maintenance

Got a green thumb and a delivery van? You're all set toservice corporations, home builders, health clubs and otherbusinesses who want fresh greenery. Develop a steady clientele witha regular watering, pruning and fertilizing program and a fullreplacement guarantee.

Records Search

Using specialized databases, you'll search public records onyour computer to help your clients find lost loves, check outquestionable suitors, track down debtors, verify a contractor'strack record, or dig up facts on a business opportunity. Clientsinclude attorneys, businessowners and individuals.

Restaurant Delivery

Whether it's macaroni and cheese or a five-course gourmetmeal, at-home meal replacement is fast becoming the newest way todine. When customers want their restaurant orders "togo," you'll be "on the go" with your restaurantdelivery service. A great way to make your late afternoons andweekends extra-profitable!

T-Shirt Design

If you're an artist in search of a medium, why not makeT-shirts your canvas? Paint, draw, bead or appliqué yourdesigns on plain T-shirts, and spend your weekends showcasing yourart-to-wear at farmers' markets and crafts fairs.

Wallpaper Hanging

Help residential and commercial clients turn drab walls intoworks of art with your wallpaper-hanging skills. Build a growingbusiness with great referrals and repeat customers. Drop off fliersat paint and wallpaper stores; also, advertise in shopperpublications, in homeowner-association newsletters, and on bulletinboards at local supermarkets and malls.

Yoga and Tai Chi Instructor

In today's hectic, fast-paced world, parents, businessowners and students alike can benefit from the deep-breathing,relaxation and centering techniques you can teach them. Get startedby offering classes at health clubs, through your city'srecreation and parks department, or on your own.

Carla Goodman is a freelance writer in Sacramento,California.

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